by Andrew LeFevre
April 15, 2014
In 2001, Pennsylvania became the first state in the nation to enact a highly innovative public-private partnership in the form of an education tax credit aimed at corporations. Since then, the popular Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program has provided more than 430,000 scholarships to students from low- and middle-income Pennsylvanian families seeking the right school for their child. These families were searching for alternatives to the sometimes dangerous and oftentimes failing government-run schools assigned to them according to district. During the first 12 years of the EITC program’s operation, businesses have contributed nearly $470 million in funding for student scholarships. Additionally, this landmark program has saved Pennsylvania taxpayers millions of dollars each year. This paper examines why and how Pennsylvania’s EITC program has become one of the largest and most successful school choice programs in the nation.